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  • The Origin of North American Roofing Slates

    The Origin of North American Roofing Slates

    The National Slate Association publication Slate Roofs, printed in 1926, gives the following description of the origin of slate:  “These minerals constituting slate were deposited in bodies of water and erosion and deposition accounts for the different composition in successive beds. Other materials may have been deposited over the clays, and the pressure of the… Read more »

  • What Major Risks Do Homeowners Face When Making a Home Remodeling Decision?

    What Major Risks Do Homeowners Face When Making a Home Remodeling Decision?

    According to the Certified Contractors Network (CCN), “homeowners have a lot of fear when they are faced with making a home improvement decision. They worry about whether or not they are making the right choice when it comes to contractors. Will they be able to deliver on their promises? Are they financially strong or could… Read more »

  • How thick is roofing slate?

    How thick is roofing slate?

    It is important when purchasing a new slate roof or slate roofing repairs that the contractor is specific as to the type and thickness of the slate proposed…. Standard Thickness: Defined as 1/4″ slate of nominal thickness, +/- 1/16″. Shingles are hand-picked to be of uniform thickness with no more than 1/8″ variation in surface… Read more »